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Jungle Jargon

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“A Country Club Trying to Serve Its Country”


Ideals in Government

Mutual Helpfulness

Social Progress


Civic Betterment




Rick Burke


Directors – 1 year

Frank Brennan, Jr.

1st Vice President

Mike Kaiser



Dave Cook

2nd Vice President

Andre Mento



Ray Dickey

3rd Vice President

John Kobland



Jeff Grundy


George Smith




Treasurer – Operating/Projects

Glenn Johnson


Directors – 2 Years

Walt Caldwell

Assistant Treasurer - Projects

Elaine Homoky



Jon Goldstein





Tom Reilly

Immediate Past President

Alex Johnson



Peter Turner

Information Technology Chairman

Dave Shaffer




Lion Tamer

Paul Hayden


Jargon Editor

Bob Virgadamo

Tail Twister





Membership Chairman

Mike Kaiser





March,  2007


March 6 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

March 7 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Oriental Beef & Broccoli

Speaker: Rick Alcantara will speak to us about the Eden Institute’s program for Autistic Adults – W.E.R.C. (Work Education Resource Center).  

March 14 – Joint Regular Meeting with Hightstown Club – 7PM, Mom's Diner, 433 Route 33 E, East Windsor

A buffet dinner will be provided by the Hightstown Lions Club and this will be an interactive meeting, in lieu of a speaker.


April, 2007


April 3 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Library Classroom or Tom Gambino Room

April 4 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Chicken Portobello

Speaker: TBA

April 25 – Lion of the Year Meeting – 7PM, East Brunswick Chateau, Dinner: Choice

In lieu of Speaker – Joint Zone meeting and Presentation of the Lion of the Year


This is an “Early” Edition


The editor will not be able to put the Jargon out at the regular time this month (first Wednesday), and begs your indulgence for this week early edition. Every attempt was made to make the information content complete. The normal schedule will resume in April.


Something New About the 75th Celebration…


Lion Frank Brennan III has offered us the loan of some appropriate Lions historical pieces that are in his private collection to display at the 75th Celebration. We are asking all members who have ANY memorabilia, regardless of how old, to loan us the item or items to display during the Celebration – we will take good care of them and return them to you immediately following the Gala. We have just had the first run through of the photo loop which will be shown at the event, and it is impressive – even though it only goes back to 2000. Anyone with photos from the 30’s through the present should contact Lion Dave Shaffer, so they may be  added to the disc we have prepared for the 75th.


Things To Know


Even though we have begun sending a revised “Calendar of Events” with each dues mailing, we’d like to remind all members to please, share the Jargon with your Spouse, so that our events may be better scheduled on your personal, or family, calendars for better attendance. Please Note that Spouses are invited to attend all meetings, but are wholly encouraged to attend “Spouse Night” meetings.


Due to the efforts of Lion Mike Kaiser and his staff, this year’s Valentines Day Roses FUNdraiser was a great success! This year we sold 48 dozen roses – 18 more than last year, and we raised a total of $903.00 Unfortunately we had to turn away 12 late orders, but hope to be able to accommodate the latecomers next year. We also had a number of complaints about quality this year; everyone should be aware that as a “living commodity” some items may not last as long as others, and there is no guarantee to this, whether they are purchased through our Club, or if they are purchased through a commercial florist. However, we will make a concerted effort next year to try to minimize “quality problems”. Many thanks to all those who supported this FUNdraiser and special thanks to Lion Mike for a job well done.


In the true spirit of Lionism, Meghan Hayden – daughter of Lion Paul Hayden – has started a charitable organization in Peru to help poor children attend school –it is called Flourish Peru, and as reported last month, the Club provided Meg with a $300 donation for school uniforms and food. District Governor (elect) Bob has contacted the local (Peruvian) District Governors in an attempt to create a joint charitable effort for the children of Venanilla, Peru. We have not yet heard from the Peruvian Lions, as we go to press, but will keep the members of the Cranbury Lions informed as to  any progress made on this “joint venture”. Meg will visit with us at some future date to explain the program in more depth to the Membership, tell us how the program is progressing, and do a PowerPoint presentation for us to see how our donation was used. Once again, we ask that you please join in commending Meghan Hayden for her genuine concern and her humanitarian efforts on behalf of the children of Peru!


Our annual Boy Scout Meeting was held on February 21, and President Rick presented two checks representing our annual donation; one to Scoutmaster John Kirknir and the other to Cubmaster Jerry Yochelson, each in the amount of $750. Tail Twister Peter Turner provided a “light” but informative quiz about Cranbury, which was enjoyed by all.


President Rick has accepted a position on this year’s 16D Charity Ball Committee. Congratulations President Rick! This year’s Charity Ball Dinner Dance will be on March 24 at the Forge Restaurant in Woodbridge. Tickets are $40 each. The Charity Ball is the District’s ONLY fundraiser for the year, benefiting the 16D Eye & Ear Foundation. [the ticket cost covers the event, only; fundraising is done through the Ad Journal, and raffles at the event.]. Additionally, the Board voted to take a full page ad in the Ad Journal. All members are asked to consider attending this black tie optional event, but we would like to be able to fill at least two tables – especially since Lion Bob is now 16D’s District Governor, elect. Please see President Rick, Lion George Smith, Region Chair Tom Reilly, or VDG Bob for reservations.


Nice segue…at the State Convention, which will be held at the Clarion Conference Center in Cherry Hill from May 17-19, Vice District Governor Bob will become District Governor Bob. With 74 members, the Cranbury Lions may send 7 Delegates and 7 Alternates to the Convention. Lion Bob is also asking for the support of any Cranbury Lion that can attend the Friday Night Hospitality Room. Delegate forms, Banquet reservations and reduced hotel rate information is available from Lion George Smith. As District Governor, Lion Bob is required to fill both his cabinet positions and some 30 or 40 State Committee Chairperson positions (many of which are “figurehead” positions and require little or no action). Any Cranbury Lion who may be interested in serving on the Governor’s Cabinet or as a Committee Chair is asked to speak with VDG Bob as soon as possible.


Mark your calendars – The Annual Joint Zone Meeting for Lion of the Year will be April 25th. The Lion of the Year Dinner is also our Spring Spouse Night. The meeting will be held at either the East Brunswick Chateau or Pierre’s in South Brunswick. More information next month.


As listed above, our Annual Cranbury Lions – Hightstown Lions Joint Meeting will be hosted by Hightstown this year, and therefore, will be on their schedule. The meeting will be at the Mom’s Diner on Route 33 on March 14. Please note that our first scheduled meeting on March 7 will be at Cranbury Station; our second normally scheduled meeting on March 21 is cancelled, and being “replaced” with the Joint Meeting.


And speaking of the Hightstown Lions, they have a big anniversary coming up this year, too – 70 Years! For the benefit of our newer members, the Hightstown Lions Club was the first of five clubs sponsored by the Cranbury Lions. This is only one of the reasons that we have had such a close and enduring friendship with the Hightstown Club over all these years; in years past not only did we have an Annual Joint Meeting, but, among other events, we had an annual picnic (at which there was the ‘annual softball game’ of true rivalry); our Clubs played basketball “against” each other, and there were Bowling Tournaments. The Board voted to take a full page ad in their Ad Journal and for our 70 years of friendship and camaraderie, the Board of Directors would like to see the Membership fill at least two tables at this black tie optional dinner dance Celebration on April 28, at Theo’s Lakeside Tavern (Main St, Hightstown).Tickets are $60 each. A sign-up sheet will begin circulating at our first March meeting.


The Barn Project…no, it’s not a dead issue… Members may recall that in 2002 the Club voted to restore the Updike barns and that the town would let us store all our equipment in one of the barns. This project has been “on the books” for nearly 5 years, and has been delayed due to one problem or another along the way, not the least of which was the collapse of one barn and the further deterioration of the others. Lion Glenn Johnson took up the mantle as Project Chair this past year and has done an excellent job of bringing this project to near completion; however, due to yet even more unforeseen problems the project is still stalled, but we hope to have some sort of an agreement shortly.


Get ready for our 9th Annual Golf Outing, which will be held at the Peddie Golf Club on Monday, May 14, 2007. More information will be available in the next Jargon.


…More about the 75th Anniversary…


Reminder…Hold the time and date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration 7PM to 11PM, Saturday, June 23, 2007, at the Forsgate Country Club. Any Lion (or Spouse) who wishes to assist on any committee should contact either Lion Andre Mento or Lion Bob Virgadamo. Open discussions about the Anniversary Celebration are encouraged at ALL meetings.


Fundraising efforts are underway through the Promotions and Ad Journal Committees by trying to obtain both goods and services for a Silent Auction (at the Celebration) and cash donations (as Journal Ads)…but they need the help of every member. Remember that the cost of the ticket is the cost of the event – we make NO money on the ticket; all FUNdraising will be via the Ad Journal, the Silent Auction, and the evening’s 50/50. Please do what YOU can to procure goods, services, or ads for the event.


The Regular meeting on February 7th was held at the Grape Escape and our Members and a few spouses, bottled and labeled the wine we made as a Club Project. The wine, a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, has strong coffee notes, with a hint of chocolate and a little black cherry on the back; as it sits over the next few months, the coffee notes should diminish as the chocolate, and especially the fruit, gain in complexity. In other words, our wine will not be disappointing to those who receive it at the 75th, regardless of the level of wine appreciation.


All Members have received their tickets for the 75th Anniversary Celebration in the mail. Additional tickets are available. The Committee and the Board are hoping that every Member will attend this momentous event in our Club’s history, and now is a good time to start planning a table; tables will be set for 8, 10, or 12. If for any reason a Member can’t use the tickets sent to him or her, we ask that you try to sell them; if you are unable to purchase them or sell them, please return them to either Lion Glenn Johnson or Lion Walt Caldwell.


Membership – Membership – Membership


As always we are looking for new members. New Members help to keep the Club young, active, and viable! This year’s theme from International President Jimmy Ross is ‘Renewal’, and President Rick has adopted this theme. With so many new homes in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for new members. Additionally, there is a new Initiative from LCI called “Family Membership”. For more information about Family Membership, or membership in general, or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Mike Kaiser, Secretary George Smith, or VDG Bob V. Let’s try to keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury’s “best kept secret”.


…And Attendance…


On the flip side of the membership coin, we also seem to be having a problem with attendance. Over the last couple of years meeting attendance has diminished from an average of 45+ members per meeting to an average of plus or minus 25 members, per meeting. Our core volunteers have always come from sign-ups at the meetings, and with meeting attendance down, so are the number of volunteers. While we would love to see “a packed house” at every meeting, it is understandable that many of our Members can’t make every meeting due to the demands and obligations to their jobs and families, however, the Board of Directors is asking every member to try to attend at least one meeting per month.




Frank Marlowe has been our Program Chair for a few years now, and has done quite an excellent job lining up speakers for each of our meetings. You can all imagine how difficult it can be, finding 20 speakers per year that will be of relative interest to all our Members!  We all come in contact with someone interesting on a regular basis. When you do, or if you have any suggestions for speakers, please give Lion Frank a call.


The Cranbury Lions Club is always in search of additional new fund raisers – different, entertaining, and most importantly, fun. Any member who has a FUNdraising idea should share the idea with President Rick, or bring it up at one of the meetings. The list of potential fundraisers, and the input from interested Lions, will be discussed at a Board of Directors meeting, and presented to the general membership at a regular meeting.


While it is important that we increase our fundraising capability, it is equally important that we do it without continually requesting donations from our small community on a too frequent basis. With over 300 commercial locations in our immediate area, the website is one of the easiest and best fundraisers we have. We ask every Member to please try to bring in at least one new advertiser per year. Refer all advertising leads to Lions John Kobland, Ray Dickey, or Dave Shaffer.


Any member who learns of the sickness or death of another member, or in a member’s family, or any other similar incident or emergency, should contact Lion Frank Marlowe (Chair, H&W) and/or Lion Dave Cook to activate the “phone tree”, and/or Lion Bob Virgadamo (e-mail notifications) so that all members may be notified as soon as possible.

Member Pick-Up

Ed Lawson (5 S. Main)


Lion George Smith will be the “permanent” pick up driver for Lion Ed. Lion Frank Marlowe has volunteered to be the “permanent” back-up driver. Drivers: if you cannot make your pick-up, or need to switch, please notify Rick Cusworth as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the assigned driver if you’re not going to make a meeting.